Claire C. Pilcher San Francisco attorney, public servant and neighborhood activist Claire Clarey Pilcher died Friday, October 5, 2012 after a short illness at the age of 73. Born in South Carolina and raised in Ithaca, NY, she graduated from The Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, MA and received her law degree from the San Francisco Law School. Her professional career focused on land use and planning matters and included appointments to a number of city Boards and Commissions. She served as Commissioner and President of the Public Utilities Commission, Commissioner on the Board of Appeals, member of the Bay Area Air Quality District, and Co-Chair of the Citizens Advisory on Recreation and Open Space. She was on the Board of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), and served on the Board of Trustees of Chinese for Affirmative Action.
Settling in Noe Valley in 1963 with her husband, the late Will Pilcher, she founded the Friends of Noe Valley in 1971. It was her commitment to neighborhood improvement and community activism that earned recognition from the Board of Supervisors with the dedication of Claire Pilcher Day in San Francisco on Dec. 13, 2001.
Pilcher was an active communicant of St. Aidan's Church, and is survived by her daughter Lisa Young of MacArthur, OH, two grandchildren, Sarah and Jacob, and her sister Mary Katherine Taber of Rochester, NY. A celebration of her life is planned for Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. at St Aidan's, 101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco.